MOLLY THE WITCH
A species peony native to the Causasus Mountains, where it grows on rocky slopes in oak, hornbeam or beech forests. A truly hardy, herbaceous perennial reaching 70cm tall. Large pale lemon yellow flowers are up to 12cm across. In autumn large pods open, revealing the good, fertile black shiny seeds and the brightest crimson hollow ones. Totally frost and dry hardy. 70cm x 70cm.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow indoors in spring or autumn.
First rub the seeds around in a little dry sand, or between 2 sheets of fine sandpaper, to roughen the hard seed coats.
Then soak the seeds overnight in a glass of clean water.
Now sow the seeds in deeper individual pots rather than in a punnet. Because they develop strong roots quickly.
Sow the soaked seeds on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then cover seeds with 10mm of sieved mix/grit/or sand.
Proceed to keep the mix moist, in well-lit but cool position (not in direct sunlight) for 6 weeks.
Then wrap the moist punnet in cling wrap & place in fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks.
Remove from the fridge, unwrap punnet & return to a cool, well-lit position.
Seeds germinate in 14-28 days approx. But patience – do not discard – some seeds may come later. Staggered germination is normal for this plant as it tries to give its seeds a sporting chance of sprouting into favourable weather conditions.
SEED COUNT: 2 very large seeds per pack. (Seed of this lovely tree peony is scarce this year)
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